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Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Evan McGee, a former soccer player for Lipscomb, is still on the move. He teaches statistics and also serves as a math tutor at Lipscomb Academy. He is a campus recreation graduate assistant at Lipscomb University where he organizes intramurals ranging from scheduling of events to managing and training referees. He also is working on his Master's in Education with a specialization in mathematics. Evan took a brief pause this week to talk with lipscombsports.com.
What sport did you play at Lipscomb? What years? Who were your coaches?
"I played soccer at Lipscomb from 2008-2012. I played a couple of different positions. I started out as a forward and end up playing outside mid as well. I spent most of my time playing outside mid towards the end of my career.
"I played for head coach Charles Morrow and assistant coach Kevin Burk."
Why did you choose to leave Parkersburg, W.V., and go to school at Lipscomb?
"I wanted to come to an NCAA Division I soccer school and I wanted to be a part of a Christian environment.
"My older brother, Austin, came here. I had been on campus a number of times. I love the area and I love Nashville. There are a lot of activities you can do in Nashville."
What is your fondest athletic memory at Lipscomb?
"I don't know if it is my favorite, but the one that sticks out most is the first game I played in I scored a goal at Gardner-Webb. I fell in behind the defense and had a one-on-one with the goalie. That was an exciting way to start my collegiate career."
Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Lipscomb? How?
"I looked up to a lot of the upper classmen.
"Kevin Burk really had a strong influence on me as an athlete. He showed me what it takes to be disciplined, how to excel as an athlete and give 100 percent. There is a big difference between the high school level of soccer and the collegiate level of soccer. He introduced me to what that difference really was.
"The main thing I learned was giving over 100 percent in practice. You hear it a hundred times that practice makes perfect, but you are obviously never going to reach perfect. It was about practicing like a game situation is what prepares you for a game. You have to give everything you have during practice and battle with people in practice. That prepares you for the battle on the field in games."
What is your fondest non-athletic memory from your time at Lipscomb?
"We played music in High Rise. I had a drum set in my room. Erik Natusch, my brother Brent, Hunter Mayberry, Dave Wedekind and Kirk Ottinger all were part of the band. We played at `Wednesday Night We Eat'. It is really fun to look back and say that we actually played and made music. I don't know if they liked us but it was fun.
"I played guitar. Erik was the drummer. Brent played guitar as well. Hunter played the bass. Dave played harmonica. We played a lot of classic rock from Santana to Van Morrison to the Red Hot Chili Peppers."
What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Lipscomb?
"Anywhere you go for college you begin to develop on your own individually. I really started to see who it is that I am and who it is that I want to be. I started to see who I had been and how I was living and how I want to be living.
"I was so grateful that I was at Lipscomb because it has so many great Christian people who have had a positive influence on me. I am fortunate to have so many mentors in my life to help me to picture the life I want to live.
"I want to live a life according to God's will the best I can. That is not always an easy thing to do. It is hard to find a balance between what God wants me to do and what I want to do. Finding the right balance leads to the best lifestyle."
Who was your favorite professor? Why?
"My undergraduate degree is in corporate management. My favorite undergrad professor was Joe Ivey. He taught the policy and strategy class I was in. I really enjoyed his class. It was different than the traditional sit down, listen and take notes class. It was interactive with a policy game that we played.
"He helped me develop what analytical thinking is. The best thing about his class was that he really cared about the students. He really wanted to see what his students were interested in doing and he put an effort into helping them decide and pursue the career they want.
"My favorite graduate school teacher is Dr. Carroll Wells. I had him for geometry. He is such a positive guy. I really enjoyed his class. He is really funny.
"He cares about his students as well. I can't tell you how many times he has run into me and stopped me to ask me how I am doing with my teaching and life."
Where do you live now?
Who is your employer? What is your occupation? What does your position entail?
"I am teaching a statistics class at Lipscomb Academy. I teach seniors and juniors.
"I am also the intramural graduate assistant at the Student Activity Center.
"I finish up my classes this December and start student teaching in the spring. I plan on a teaching career at some secondary level. I would like to keep teaching stats."
Tell us about your family.
"I am single."
My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.